I have before me four books, two of which are about Salman Rushdie, the other two about a subject which, as the first book reviewed indicates, is of special interest to Rushdie. In recent years book length studies have looked at Salman Rushdie's works to explore radically new ways in which late modern writing has dealt with the links between fiction, form and context. In these studies Rushdie has been read as a cosmopolitan writer working at the cutting edge of theory and practice, and, in a narrower sense, as a postcolonial writer who sees his role as both an artist and social commentator. Florian Stadtler's Fiction, Film and Indian Popular Cinema and Yael Maurer's The Science Fiction Dimension of Salman Rushdie take us to a shift in critical approaches to this major modern writer. So instead of works that develop the writing back to the empire argument he himself fashioned in his Times (3 July 1982) essay or his postmodern/magic realist affiliations, what is now emerging are carefully argued books that take on a slightly narrower theoretical perspective. Both books belong to this mode of critical engagement with Rushdie's works
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